Shelf Care, Episode #9: Comics and Book Groups and Libraries, Oh My!

Durham County Library’s Patrick Holt talks about how he helps book groups find and discuss great graphic novels, audio editor Heather Booth shares her top five tips for bringing audio to your book group, and Books for Youth’s Ronny Khuri talks about the underrated art of the picture book and gives a few suggestions. Wow!

Here’s what we talked about:

Booklist’s Reading for Change Anti-Racism Reading List

Black Lives Matter Comics Reading List

The Encyclopedia of Early Earth, by Isabel Greenberg

Boxers, by Gene Luen Yang

Saints, by Gene Luen Yang

Aya of Yop City, by Marguerite Abouet and Clément Oubrerie

Understanding Comics, by Scott McCloud

Scott McCloud’s TED Talk

Patrick also recommends reading “Inventing Comics,” by cartoonist Dylan Horrocks, originally published in The Comics Journal, and Lynda Barry’s Syllabus: Notes from an Accidental Professor, which, in addition to being relevant, is also “just real freakin’ inspirational.”

March: Book One, by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin and illustrated by Nate Powell

Comic Book Legal Defense Fund: Using Graphic Novels in Education

Dumb: Living Without a Voice, by Georgia Webber

You can also find Patrick through his work with Durham Comics Fest, his comics blog, or via email.

Audiobooks for your book group:

Dominicana, by Angie Cruz and read by Coral Peña

The Stonewall Reader, edited by the New York Public Library and read by a full cast

The Bishop’s Pawn, by Steve Berry and read by Scott Brick

The Faceless Old Woman Who Secretly Lives in Your Home, by Joseph Fink and Jeff Cranor and read by Mara Wilson

American Manifesto: Saving Democracy from Villains, Vandals, and Ourselves, by Bob Garfield and read by the author

The Killer Across the Table, by John E. Douglas and read by Jonathan Groff

Ronny Khuri is reading:

Lion Needs a Haircut, by Hyewon Yum

The Magic Fish, by Trung Lê Nguyễn'

About the Author:

I am the Senior Editor for Collection Management and Library Outreach. Holla!

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